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Mozilla Announces Developer Preview Phones for Firefox OS

This year is shaping up to be a big one in the mobile space. iOS and Android are still going strong, Windows Phone 8 is set to make a big push, and BlackBerry OS 10 devices will make their way onto carriers in the near future. We even caught a glimpse of Canonical’s Ubuntu Phone OS. It begs the question: will the market be receptive to even more mobile OS options?

Mozilla seems to think so, as today it outed two developer phones for its Firefox OS — the Keon model and the Peak model. Both will run a preview of Firefox OS, and Mozilla hopes both will be available sometime in February.

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Mozilla Integrates Social Into Firefox

Mozilla just announced its first set of social integration into Firefox in a partnership with Facebook. Over the last few months Mozilla has been building the Social API – a way to allow you to plug your favorite social sites into Firefox – and they are now ready to release their first Social API test with Facebook Messenger for Firefox.

The release, which is available today, is still in beta, but can be obtained by downloading the latest Firefox Beta build. Once you have the latest Firefox Beta installed, then visit Facebook like you normally would and when Facebook prompts you about Firefox integration, click install. If you no longer want to use the social integration features, Firefox makes it just as easy to remove, and of course, if you decline the initial offer nothing will be installed.

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Firefox Losing Market Share Quickly to Rival Browsers

June 18th of 2008 was a very big day for me and millions of savvy Internet users around the world.  Although never being the kind of person to get overly excited for release dates, I took a special exception for this event; getting up early and immediately firing up my computer in sheer anticipation of the release ahead of me.  What was I so excited to get my hands on?  It wasn’t a video game, it wasn’t a fruit-branded mobile handset, and it wasn’t a new album.  I was waiting rather anxiously for the 3.0 release of the Mozilla Firefox web-browser, which many at the time saw as the best browser for hardcore and casual Internet users alike.  Having freed myself from the shackles of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer only a few months earlier, getting my hands on the latest Firefox release was the only thing on my mind that morning.

Now, since then my love for Firefox has definitely dimmed down quiet a bit, and with the obsessive phase behind me I really don’t get excited for any releases of anything anymore.  But when it comes to Firefox, my care about each update is night and day from what what it was only a few years ago.  Especially with the new rapid-paced release cycle that has drawn criticism from all sides, no single update of the browser feels as “special” as it once would have.

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Firefox Support Cycle Draws Criticism From System Administrators

On June 17th of 2008, three years and less than two weeks ago, Mozilla Corporation released the 3.0 version of the Firefox web browser; a promising and steadily growing web browser than many people, myself included, thought would finally take a stab at the dominance held by Microsoft’s Internet Explorer.  I remember the day well because I, a die-hard Firefox 2 user, sat at my desk constantly refreshing the download page in anticipation of the Firefox 3 release.  Through a thread on Digg (the fact that Digg was still popular at the time probably gives you a better feel for how long ago this was) I found a link to a copy of the setup executable for the then legendary web browser.  Admittedly, I was probably a bit crazy to have been obsessively wasting my time trying to get my hands on the 3.0 release, but I know for a fact that I wasn’t alone.  People from around the world were just as eager as I was to get their hands on the latest offerings as well.

What’s my point?  Just over three years ago, the release of a new Firefox version was a big deal; the last major release (2.0) having been released about a year and a half earlier in October of 2006.  But earlier this year, Mozilla introduced a new release cycle that put the release of Firefox 7 on the calendar by the end of 2011. While many have viewed this move as invaluable in competing with the constant releases of Google’s Chrome web browser, the rapid paced release cycle of the software has begun to cause concerns with network and system administrators.

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